PROPERTY OF A BELGIAN COUNT
An un-mounted German carved coconut in the Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf (inv. 17584), dated to the beginning of the 16th century, appears to come from the same workshop. It also has four scenes in rounded arches bordered by the identical pillars headed by flowers. The action is similarly concentrated on the scene's left side, the figures have the same heavy lidded eyes and Joseph's mother in the dream scene on the present coconut wears an identical wimple to the one worn by Mary's mother, St Anne, on the Dusseldorf coconut. It is clear that the The Dusseldorf coconut has been carved for mounting as it has vacant panels on either side of the carved scenes to take silver straps. (Rolf Fritz, Die Gefässe aus kokosnuss in Mitteleuropa 1250-1800, Mainz am Rhein, 1983, kat. no. 20)
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